About the conference

The NSF intends to hold a conference on ‘Social and Cultural Nexus of Science and Technology Development (SCST)’ from 3rd – 4th October 2019 in Colombo. Science and Technology (S&T) development has vastly induced the development of socio- economic factors in the world. Many developed as well as developing countries have succeeded in this field and performing well in the world scenario. In fact, there is ample evidence that prove many social, psychological and cultural factors facilitate or narrow down S&T development in particular social and cultural contexts. The conference aims to bring in a corpus of multidisciplinary scholars to present their work on social and cultural aspects of science and technology development and to make sense of this complicated landscape. The outcomes of the conference will feed into the discourse on S&T development and policy analysis and programme development.

About NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a state founded institution  under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research. The NSF established in 1998 by the Science and Technology Act No 11 of 1994 is the successor to the  Natural Resources Energy & Science Authority of Sri Lanka (NARESA). NARESA was established in 1981 as the successor to the National Science Council set up in 1968. In 2018, NSF is celebrating the 50 years of dedicated service to Science and Technology in Sri Lanka.

National Science Foundation is mandated to facilitates research, development and innovation to create a knowledge economy.  It also facilitates capacity building, infrastructure development, technology transfer, knowledge creation and sharing in all fields of science & technology to improve the quality of life of the people.

Abstracts are called from following themes


  1. Social and economic context of S&T development
  2. Cultural factors influencing S&T development
  3. Gender perspectives on S&T
  4. Role of private sector in S&T development
  5. Public understanding of science and scientific literacy
  6. Risks and benefits of modern technology
  7. Education and S & T development
  8. Media and S&T development
  9. Traditional knowledge and S&T
  10. State policy and S&T development
  11. Science and Technology Diplomacy
  12. Ethics in S&T

Important dates

Acceptance of abstracts by NSF                              : 26th July, 2019

Closing date for Conference registration                    : 20th September, 2019

Guide for Authors

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Limits of the abstract
Abstract must not exceed one page (400 words) and must be submitted using MS Word.


  • Paper size      : A 4
  • Margins         : all margins 2.5 cm (1 inch)
  • Font               : Times New Roman
  • Spelling         : British type
  • Line spacing  : Single
  • Spacing          : Before 0 pt, After 0 pt
  • Abbreviations : Should be cited in full at first occurrence except for standards

Title of the abstract

  • Font               : Times New Roman
  • Font Size       : 12

Body of the abstract

  • Font               : Times New Roman
  • Font Size        : 11